Bharat Bandh: Raising strong objections against the Centre’s new agriculture reform laws, the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU), All India Farmers Union (AIFU), All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC), All India Kisan Mahasangh (AIKM) have called for a ‘Bharat Bandh‘ on Friday, September 25. Also Read - Maharashtra Govt Announces Rs 10,000 Crore Package For Rain-Affected Parts of State
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Rakesh Tikait, the president of BKU said that over 100 farmer unions will take part in the protests on September 25. Farmers in Uttar Pradesh will jam their respective villages, towns and highways.
In Haryana, it is planned to be completely closed. “We are planning to involve local shopkeepers”, he added.
Parliament has passed three farm reform bills — the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, Farmer’s Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill and the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill — in the Monsoon Session, which concluded on Wednesday.
The Opposition has called these bill as “anti-farmers”. Some farmer organisations have called a ‘Bharat Bandh’ on Friday in protest against these Bills.